Camping Tips while on the 21 day fix

It’s summer which means hopefully we’ll be camping some!  Camping brings about it’s own slew of healthy eating obstacles as it limits you since you don’t have all your usual fixin’s at your fingertips.  So, now, more than ever you HAVE to plan ahead.  I’m not saying stick to the plan 100% but I think you’ll find information here that will allow you to do that if you want.  My other piece of advise is to look at what you normally eat while out camping and decide on some healthy alternatives.  I should also note that most of this advise is geared towards car camping, as in you are camping right near your car.  If you’re backpacking, you’re going to have to do a bunch of dehydrating of your own meals to make sure you’re getting your allotted containers and it will definitely be a challenge but can be done. So, car camping on the plan:

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So, we only went camping for 1 night, 2 days but I decided to plan and give ideas for people if we had gone for longer!  First thing I did was sat down and PLANNED my meals/snacks and what I could take!  I started with breakfast:

Breakfast Ideas:

  1. Oatmeal with fruit (1 yellow, 1 purple)
  2. Yogurt with fruit (1 red, 1 purple)
  3. Eggs with vegetables and toast (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow)
  4. Whole Grain Cereal with milk (2 yellows)
  5. English muffins with peanut butter (yellow and tsp)

Lunch Ideas:

  1. Tuna pouches with celery, fruit and carrots (1 red, 1 green)
  2. PB and sliced strawberry sandwich (tsps, 1 purple, 1-2 yellow)
  3. Cold pasta salad (premade) (1-2 yellow, 1-2 green, red if add meat)
  4. You can pre-make some of your favorite meals and home and heat up over the fire!

Dinner Ideas:

  1. Bunless burgers with campfire potatoes, corn, vegetable (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
  2. Whole wheat spaghetti with organic no salt/sugar added sauce, vegetable (1-2 yellow, purple)
  3. Fish/shrimp grilled with campfire potatoes, corn, vegetables (1 red, yellow, green)
  4. You can basically cook anything ahead of time and bring it if you’re only going for a couple of days and reheat on the fire!

Snacks:

  1. Make your own trail mix (sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit, add chocolate chips if you’re treating yourself during this time
  2. Pre-measured seeds, nuts, dried fruit
  3. KIND bars (treat or 1 orange, 1 tsp for any kind bar that does NOT have chocolate drizzled on it)
  4. Fruit- Apples, oranges, grapes, cherries, pears, bananas
  5. Vegetables- pre-chop!- Celery, cucumbers, green beans, baby carrots, grape tomatoes
  6. Hummus!
  7. Cheese stick, or cubes (pre-measure)
  8. Beef jerky for the meat eaters in the group!
  9. Greek yogurt

So, after I created a list I picked the couple I actually would want to eat and that fit into my schedule (we were going hiking over lunch so I needed a to-go lunch that didn’t weigh a lot and was filling).Then I hit the store! Oh, and buy the huge things of water like below, don’t dehydrate yourself! Here’s some of my haul:

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Exercise: If you have wifi I guess you could do the workouts on demand or bring a portable DVD player but I suggest planning in some exercising that gets your heart rate up!  Go on that hike, a walk, do some swimming, biking anything that gets your moving will help you stay on track!  Plan it in to your day and make it a group event so there are no excuses.

What I ate:

Snacks and lunch were on the go since we were traveling to the campsite.  So snacks were dried cherries/apricots and sunflower seeds. Lunch was on the trail and was a tuna pouch with a kind bar.

Lunch break
Lunch break

Make sure you stay hydrated yourself!  I highly recommend getting a backpack that you can put a bladder of water in, makes it easy to get your water and you don’t have to stop and get your water bottle out every 20 minutes.

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Snack back at the campfire after our hike was, of course, shakeology.  Easiest way to ensure I have my nutrients for the day!  I have to admit I’m not a big fan of it not blended but it gets the job done and it’s only 1 day.

Shakeology by the fire
Shakeology by the fire

Dinner is super easy if you’re able to grill over the fire or have a camping grill.

21 day fix approved dinner over and in the fire
21 day fix approved dinner over and in the fire

Dessert:  Yes, you can have a sweet treat while camping… so when everyone else is enjoying s’more go ahead and try a chocolate banana boat.  This was surprisingly amazing and is husband and kid approved!  I didn’t make these this camping trip but they can be 21 day fix approved, count the chocolate as a treat swap and the banana is either 1-2 purple.  If you’re feeling like going crazy… throw a couple mini marshmallows in there! All you need is a banana cut length wise (leave on the peel), stuff your chocolate chips in there and wrap in foil.  Throw that foil packet right in the fire for 10 minutes, remove with tongs and let cool for a little while before eating.

21 day fix approved dessert while camping

Breakfast was eggs both mornings of the trip, it’s simple but effective.

21 day fix approved camping breakfast
21 day fix approved camping breakfast

So, what do you think?  Can you survive camping without completing unraveling all of your hard work?!  What are some ideas that I missed?

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Strawberry Detox Shakeology

So, I have a bag of the vegan tropical shakeology, and why I don’t like it as much as regular strawberry, I’m looking for recipes that make it better.  This one is amazing and now I know what I can drink while drinking the vegan strawberry.  I found the recipe on Beachbody’s website but wanted to save it here as well.

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Ingredients:

  • 12-14 oz water
  • 1 scoop strawberry shakeology (I used tropical strawberry which is vegan)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (I use freeze dried… pictured below)
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • ice cubes (I use 5-6 ice cubes but it varies depending on how thick you want it)

Directions:

  1. Add water, shakeology, lemon, ginger, watermelon and ice cube to your blender
  2. Blend until it’s smooth!

A word on ginger:  So, I don’t buy fresh ginger anymore, I like to use it but ALWAYS lose the root and spend too much time trying to find it or forgetting I have it.  It also goes bad pretty quickly, probably because I do not know how to store it properly.  I found this at my local grocery store and love it!  You measure and use it just like fresh ginger but you can keep it in your cupboard!

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21 day fix:  1 red 1 purple 

Stick with it tip

I listen to a lot of podcasts on my drive to and from work.  I’ve been in to Shaun T’s Define your Life recently (mainly because I love everything that man puts out!).  I listened to his podcast regarding FOOD last night and I had several ah-ha moments about why I have been so successful in sticking with my clean eating plan.  Don’t force yourself to eat healthy food because it’s healthy… find food you enjoy and create a healthy version or find healthy foods you love and stick with this.  You can often create a certain type of food in several different ways if you’re starting to get bored.  This seems so simple and easy but it really is why it’s so easy to adapt to a healthy life style:

Enjoy your food!
Enjoy your food and you’ll never diet again

Cize to launch July 20th

Cize Test Group forming now
Cize Test Group forming now

I have to admit that I am a HUGE Shaun T fan, nobody gets my motivated to do more then that man!  I’ve done most of Insanity and I’m almost done with Insanity Max 30 and I WILL be doing Cize when it launches on July 20th!  If you love to have fun, love to dance or looking to step out of your comfort zone  (in your own home I might add) join my test group for Cize!

I’ve done the sneak peak workout through on demand and it is FUN! I burned over 400 calories in 40 minutes… from dancing!  I was sore the next day and am so ready to take a break from doing burpees, lunges and push ups!

Email me so we can get your added to my sneak peak group where you’ll get all the latest information on Cize, as it comes out! (katieknight52210@gmail.com)

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21 Day Fix & Extreme is on sale AGAIN in July!



The 21 day fix and the 21 day fix Extreme is on sale AGAIN for the month of July!  If you missed this in June, do no miss it now!  If you’re tired of not seeing results and want to finally learn how to eat clean and do effective 30 minute workouts, you HAVE to try the 21 day fix!!  It’s changed my life and it can change yours too!

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These little containers changed my life! I consider them my not so secret weapon with how I managed to gain control of my bad eating.  That eating plan and those containers are all you need to create your food for the day.. it’s that simple!  If it fits in the container, you eat it!  You learn to balance your food across your day by eating the right types of food from a food list.

You control your results, if you stick to the plan, do the workouts, dial in on your nutrition you will see amazing results!

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This also comes with the 7 workouts on 2 DVDs, plus a bonus DVD!  You can see my breakdown of the workouts in my review: HERE

AND you get a month’s supply of shakeology, the healthiest meal of the day.  Shakeology is worth it’s weight!  It helps reduce cravings, fills you up and gives you the nutrients your body is craving… plus you get ENERGY!  I’ll help you plan it in to your day so that you get the most out of it depending on your needs.

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My next private facebook challenge group is going to be starting on July 20th, send me an email if you want to be a part of it!   (katieknight52210@gmail.com)  The group helps everyone prepare and understand the materials, we share recipes, motivation, success and struggles throughout the 21 days!  If you’re looking for more support and motivation these are great groups to join and they hold you accountable.  I run them constantly, as long as I have interest, to help keep people going.

Click on the banner below to sign up and get started or shoot me an email (katieknight52210@gmail.com)



10 Tips to Stay on Track over the Holiday Weekend

Here are 10 tips to help you stay on track over the July 4th Holiday Weekend.  You worked hard, don’t let a weekend unravel all of that work.  Enjoy yourself and remember that a few slip ups won’t destroy your goals.  Monday is a day we can start fresh and get back to our routines. I

Staying on track through July 4th

Remember, these are just some ideas.  Plan ahead if you’re trying to stay committed.  Make healthier choices when you have the opportunity too and stay active. What are some healthy tips you have found that have worked for you in the past? Please share!

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Greek Couscous Salad

This is another easy, vegetarian option that is super flavorful.  I’m sure you could add some chicken to make it a complete meal but make sure you add 1 red to the final container cost.  I would also suggest not making/mixing this together at the beginning of the week but rather prep everything, keep in separate containers until the morning you’re planning on eating it.  I eat this cold.

Greek couscous salad clean lunch

Greek Couscous Salad

Ingredients- Makes 5 servings

  • 1 cup uncooked couscous + water to make it (may vary depending on package, mine said 1 cup water)
  • 1 can rinsed/drained great northern beans
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cups chopped cucumbers (1-2 cucumbers)
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 3/4 cup Crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Olive oil (5 tsp- 1 tsp per serving)
  • Salt, pepper, oregano to taste

If eating right away or within 2 days:

  1.  Add the vinegar, lemon and spices to the chopped vegetables and let soak overnight.
  2. Fill yellow container with 1/2 serving couscous and 1/2 serving great northern beans, put in container
  3. Drizzle 1 tsp Olive Oil over couscous and beans
  4. Top with 1 cup seasoned vegetables and 2 Tbsp (1/2 blue container) crumbed feta cheese

NOTES:  I suggest putting it all together right before you eat it or the morning of or night before, store the couscous/beans in your fridge in a separate container from the vegetables.  This would also be really good stirred all together and taken to a pot luck!   I pair this with plain greek yogurt, drizzled with honey and 1 cup frozen fruit on the side to make a meal of it.

21 day fix:  1 green, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp

How to pit a cherry like a boss

How to pit cherries like a boss without a cherry picker
How to pit cherries like a boss without a cherry picker

So, we went cherry picking this past weekend and picked 6 1/2 pounds of sweet cherries.  That doesn’t even count the many we ate right off the trees in the fields… a benefit of picking your own.  I haven’t decided what I want to do with these sweet treats yet but I know that it involves pitting them all which takes FOREVER and I don’t have a cherry picker.  I saw somewhere that you can use a straw but thought it would break so I decided to use my hard plastic straw from my water cup and it worked like a dream!  I didn’t mention this in the video but wash your fruit before doing this and wash your hands!  Also, don’t wear white… this is a messy job.

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The final product! Took me 30 minutes to pit 6 1/2 pounds of sweet cherries

 

You can see that you don’t waste a lot of the cherry which is also amazing!  Remember don’t wear white when you do this because it’s messy!! Now… what should I do with these cherries?!!?

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3 Day Refresh- Final Review and Results

Well… the moment of truth has come!  I spent 3 day cleansing my body in hopes of decreasing cravings and increasing my energy all while detoxing.  I liked that the 3 day refresh was gentle and I could eat real food in the form of fruit, vegetables and healthy fats (hummus, almond butter, avocado,coconut oil) and it was gentle on my system.  I should mention that I already eat a pretty well balanced diet with lots of fiber so that was not an issue for me.  I also have almost completely cut caffeine out of my diet except for my pre-work out and occasionally coffee in my shakeology.  So, I had no headaches during the 3 days.  Click on the days below to and the link will take you to my blog post for that day.

Day 1: I questioned a lot whether this was worth it.  I wasn’t looking to lose a bunch of weight or inches but rather I really wanted to decrease my never ending cravings.  I felt satisfied all day with some cravings but it was the beginning and I was very motivated.  The recipes in the book are all tasty and some I will keep as staples in my diet.  I’ll probably put up a couple of the recipes on here since I use my recipes when I plan meals for ideas.

Day 2: This was the hardest day and I STRUGGLED from 12-5pm.  If you read my other post on the 3 day refresh-day 2 then you know I cheated a bit with peanut butter but overall it wasn’t a horrible cheat and it wasn’t with my normal cheat/cravings.  So, I consider that a win.  I was exhausted all day and again questioning WHY I was starving myself. I was seriously hating the program and wanted to quit but I bought it for a reason and motivated myself by saying it is only 3 days.  If you’re disgused by poop talk continue on to day 3.   I had HORRIBLE gas this day, especially in the afternoon/evening but my poop was regular and I wasn’t going anymore than I normally do.  Again, another benefit of a gentle cleanse!

Day 3:  I woke up feeling great, energy back and guess what…. my cravings had basically diminished.  By the afternoon I wasn’t wanting to raid the pantry and binge eat everything.  I was satisfied with my portioned controlled food.  This was the day that I realized how truly amazing this 3 day cleanse is.  I was satisfied, not starving and I overcame a HUGE obstacle that I didn’t know I possessed.  I was able to say NO to my cravings and finally take control.  And that my friends lead us to my results…

3 day refresh results:

The pictures don’t do the results justice but I will share.

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Weight– Down 3.2 pounds

Inches- Down 4 inches… including 1 inch off of my waist!

I forgot to take a side picture so the side picture happened after I worked out and showered
I forgot to take a side picture so the side picture happened after I worked out and showered

Other Results

First off, I’m EXTREMELY happy with these results!  Not only did I do that in 3 days but what you can’t see in the pictures is the amazing energy I have.  I look forward to my meals and my body craves healthy food.  I waited an extra day to write my review because I wanted to see how I felt the day after when I reintroduced food to my diet and started working out again.  Monday morning I woke up to push plan on my Insanity Max 30 Cardio Challenge DVD expecting to have no energy to complete it.  BUT I powered through and only took 1 break… where as I was taking 3-6 breaks per workout.  WHAT?  How did that happen?  I ate normally that whole day after with little to no cravings, even in the afternoon.  I had no caffeine.. I didn’t need it.  I’m experimenting something with coconut oil in the afternoon as well so that may have something to do with it but I’ll let you know.  I had already planned my meals for Monday and was prepared to continue with my success, so that was helpful.  Monday was easy… I had energy, felt lean and in control.

So, I’m writing this Tuesday afternoon.  I got up this morning to get my workout in feeling great and ready to rock another workout but not expecting anything like yesterday.  But to my surprise…. I did even better!  My workout was Insanity Max 30 Tabata Strength… which is NO easy workout.  Lots of jumping and push ups, it’s probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done. Seriously, I have no upper body strength,  I hate push ups. Previously I took a break at 6:38 into the DVD doing knee diamond push ups.  Today… I lasted until almost 20 minutes.. I mean talk about beastmode!  In Insanity Max 30 you keep track of the first time you need a break so you can try and push yourself further the next time, that’s why I know when I was taking breaks.  I didn’t even have to modify!  WHAT?  I’m impressed.  I also track my calories burned and monitor my heart rate during my workouts (I’m obsessed what can I say) and track them everyday when I’m doing a program.  I like to push myself and make sure I’m getting my HR up.  I use a Garmin Viviofit as an activity tracker but it’s also a heart rate monitor that you wear a chest strap for.  Here are some screen shot of my calories burned this week compared to last week:

3 day refresh workout results

I wasn’t trying to do this to prove a point, it just happened.  I burned almost 100 calories more in 2 days then I did doing the same workouts last week.  So if the increase in energy, dropped weight & inches, decrease in cravings and appetite as well as overall feeling of control in my life didn’t sell me on this program…. that visual does!!   Oh, and I had some capris I bought YEARS ago that I’ve been wanted to fit in to by the end of this summer.  Guess what… I zipped those right up today no problem!

Will I do this again and when?

100% yes! It would be perfect after a vacation to get back on track quickly or before a big event when I wanted to lean out a bit.  I would probably also use this for a plateau.  I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to gain some energy by detoxing the bad chemicals in every day food out of your diet.   I really enjoyed this in the end… once I got through that 2nd day.  At the very least it was a mental battle I overcame and taught me that if I laser focus on nutrition for 3 days I can be back to “normal”.  The structure and schedule were nice as well as the cleansing aspect.

Will the weight come back?

I’m really not sure.  I weighed in Tuesday, so 2 days after and my weight was the same.  I’ll weigh in again on Friday and report back if it came back.  I’m sure if you keep a healthy lifestyle it will stay off, which I’m planning on doing.  A little over 5 pounds to my goal weight!

Whew, that was a long post.

3 day refresh Day 3

My final day and by far the easiest day!  My energy returned and my mood was positive.  The cravings were still there but mainly just to eat whatever I wanted to eat.  I had another amazing night of sleep and woke up refreshed.  I’m so excited to share my results with you all tomorrow.

Breakfast:  I did skakeology blended with 1/2 banana while running out the door to go cherry picking with my family!

Morning snack: Fiber sweep.  I brought 8oz of water and mixed my fiber sweep in the fields.  It was fine, I really don’t mind drinking this… at all.  It kept me full until lunch which was a little later since we were out and about.

Lunch: I thought I took a picture but apparently it didn’t go through.  I had 1/4 an avocado with red pepper strips and a little himilayan salt and it was AMAZING.  I also blended the Vanilla fresh with blueberries, added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and pure vanilla extract… it tasted like a blueberry muffin!

Afternoon snack:

Simple clean snacking on the 3 day refresh

Here’s where I noticed a HUGE difference with this program.  I wasn’t starving and I still had energy despite running around in the morning.  My cravings were diminished and I enjoyed every last bit of that garlic hummus!  I may have thrown in an extra carrot but I was chugging water all day long so I think I deserved it.

Final dinner:

3 day refresh dinner day 3

So, I made the Carrot-Seaweed salad that was the recipe in the book and it was AMAZING.  I loved the flavor combination and will definitely be making this again.  I had everything in my house already except the sea-weed and had to hit up Mom’s Organic to find it but I love seaweed and I was dedicated to this program and wanted to try this dish.  It was the perfect ending to this 3 day cleanse!  Of course I pared it with the Vanilla Fresh blended with nutmeg, cinnamon and pure vanilla extract.

I was so glad that my energy was back!  I wasn’t exhausted putting my daughter to bed and was able to run around at the playground with her and her friend.  I was up until almost 10pm working!

My final review I’ll be doing tomorrow including a little about the day after the cleanse and transitioning back to real food.